I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker glass. It was bottled on 1/6/14 and cost $1.83 ($0.15 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale shade of light yellowish-orange. Hazy body with
particulates in suspension. Pours to a one-finger, bright white, frothy
head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Sweet orange and peach scents akin to chewing gum or candy.
Taste: Saranac has really been stepping up their game lately with more
experimental brews. Though they tend to make beer that will have broad
appeal, rather than niche. I recently took a tour of their brewery and
sampled the Prism White Ale, which was surprisingly tasty. Though they
don’t mention it on the label or the website, I’m informed it’s brewed
with added peach juice. This isn’t surprising considering the fact that
flavor seems to dominate the palate, though it does come across as a bit
simplistic. I’m not sure why the brewery doesn’t market it as such.
Much like the nose, the flavor is lightly sweet and quite similar to
that of gum or candy. The peach flavor is prominent from start to
finish, though it doesn’t taste sugary, rich or cloying; nor does it
taste genuine. There is some genuine bitterness on the second half – a
lightly dry sensation with a touch of pepper or spice right at the end.
Technically a Belgian White, this beer doesn’t really drink like one and
is probably better classified as a fruit beer. Personally, I enjoy the
flavor and I could see it being appealing to a lot of people who aren’t
Drinkability: At only 5.2% ABV, Saranac Prism White Ale is rather light
for a craft beer, though I wonder if it couldn’t be even lighter. If
peach is used as a flavoring rather than a fermentable, why not cut back
on the base malt to lighten the weight and the body to make it more
sessionable? The mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation to keep it
crisp, but not flat or thin. The aftertaste is clean and the beer is
definitely refreshing – even in the dead of winter.